U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Encourages Veterans, Families, Organizations to Preserve Their Stories
The Veterans History Project seeks to archive the nation's recollections of war
Memorial Day has served as a special day to remember our military men and women, past and present, and a Library of Congress project seeks to ensure that the memory of our veterans is kept alive for all time.
On this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is urging veterans - and the families of veterans - to learn about and participate in the Veterans History Project. This project is devoted to recording the first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans from World War I through the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The stories of our greatest conflicts are ultimately the individual stories of the valor and sacrifice of each man and woman who played a role in each conflict," Stabenow said.
"Our veterans, young and old - our brothers and sisters and parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles - all have their unique stories and unique perspectives of military service," she said. "The goal of this project is to take those front porch' and kitchen table' memories and knit them together into a special America's recollection of the wars of the past century."
There is an undercurrent of urgency to the project, Stabenow said, because, sadly, the nation loses many aging veterans each year. "The nation is poorer for the loss of these men and women and the stories of their contributions to protecting our freedoms," she said.
Stabenow noted that the Veterans History Project isn't just limited to former active duty military members. The Library of Congress also wants to preserve the recollections of U.S. citizens who were involved in supporting war efforts, such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers.
"We are inviting friends and family and local organizations to get involved, interview veterans and send this material to the Library of Congress," Stabenow said. "This is a special way to honor our veterans, who have fought for our freedoms that we hold so dear."
Additional information on the program and how to obtain an interview field kit is available at www.loc.gov/vets The Veterans History Project was created by Congress in 2000.